Work resumes on 179 interchange

Work on another major road project in the Jefferson City area has resumed.

Workers have begun removing rock at the site of a new diamond interchange project to connect with the new St. Mary’s Health Center to be built just east of Missouri 179 and south of Frog Hollow Road.

This work will go on throughout the winter to prepare for paving next spring.

Missouri 179 was closed Aug. 29 from Route C to West Edgewood as crews removed a portion of the existing highway so they could excavate for the new roadway that will run under 179 and connect with the hospital grounds.

They finished Oct. 24, two weeks ahead of schedule.

Motorists on 179 now drive on a new bridge over that new road to be named Mission Drive.

Construction will continue at the interchange, and motorists still can expect periodic lane closures on 179.

The $7.4 million project is scheduled to be finished by the target date of Aug. 12, 2012, and MoDOT officials said they’ll meet that date or possibly be done sooner.

Work on the hospital itself is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2012 with grading of the land taking place.

After the interchange is done, work on the hospital will increase with the facility scheduled to be open by the start of 2015.

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